Podolski arrives with promise to boost Japan game

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Tokyo (AFP) – German World Cup winner Lukas Podolski Thursday vowed to bolster enthusiasm for Japanese football after arriving to join Vissel Kobe, bucking a trend of big-name players moving to cash-rich China.

“I know the J-League is the strongest in Asia and I am determined to enliven (the league) with my team,” Podolski told a news conference shortly after he arrived in Kobe, near Osaka, to join the city’s J-League club.

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